Since submitting my original portfolio in 2017, I have changed jobs and currently work as Learning Design Lead at Imperial College, Faculty of Medicine. My role involves leading on design, development and delivery of digital learning projects, working collaboratively with academic and other stakeholders to identify, evaluate and prioritise needs and requirements, assess feasibility of projects, map and optimise relevant processes and manage projects from digital pedagogy perspective.
My main task and challenge in the current role is to ensure that digital learning solutions I am involved with showcase high quality, innovation and creativity as well as represent best practice in online and blended education. I am also involved in systematic evaluation of the design and delivery of digital learning.
An added challenge in 2020, related to the Covid-19 pandemic, is supporting academic teams in a rapid transition to remote teaching. I have been involved in establishing relevant processes and practices and developing resources which facilitate and support this transition from digital pedagogy and learning technology perspective.
My role and level of responsibility have evolved quite significantly since 2017. I started at Imperial College as Blended Learning Specialist (the job title was later changed to Senior Instructional Designer, and more recently to Learning Design Lead), and my first large project involved working with a number of academic teams on the learning design for an innovative, fully blended and flipped programme in Medical Biosciences. This included, among other things, running learning design sessions with academic teams, advising on the best ‘blend’ on online and face-to-face content, designing and developing self-study online pre-session and consolidation content, training staff in the use of content development and classroom interaction tools, revising and feeding back on storyboards and learning content, and extensive project management.
My current role involves working closely with management and academic stakeholders of Imperial College’s MBBS programme on designing, developing, delivering and evaluating the digital element of the newly reviewed medical curriculum for the early years. I am also responsible for various aspects of partner management with external providers of tools and platforms used in the programme. This role has a more strategic angle to it, but also includes learning design, support for video and multimedia production, ed tech coaching and training and developing guides and training resources.
Over the past three years, I have developed my expertise in learning design and become familiar with a new range of content development tools and platforms. I have discovered that my strengths lie in designing effective processes and resources for implementation of digital solutions. I am lucky I work with a very experienced team of learning designers, learning technologists and multimedia specialists, and have the opportunity to tap into this collective experience. I have also gained experience at collaborating with senior stakeholders and I am looking forward to future challenges.